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June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014

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Machine blackjack versus live blackjack
Gaming guru John Grochowski explains why automated blackjack games can sometimes offer players better odds than the live version of the game.  read more

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PokerStars deal made with eye on California

The state has two proposed online poker bills that include "bad actor" clauses aimed directly at PokerStars, but Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe says that neither bill would survive a constitutional challenge on several grounds.  read more
PokerStars deal made with eye on California



Casino City Gang: Unanswered questions edition

The Gang discusses Amaya Gaming's $4.9 billion purchase of PokerStars, an "excessive celebration" penalty called on Mike Matusow at the World Series of Poker and recent casino news in New York.  read more

Medical marijuana and casino interests continue to roll up

Three of the 18 medical marijuana dispensary permits awarded in Clark County have ties to someone in gaming despite admonishments from state gaming regulators that industry representatives stay away from the business.  read more

Nevada Gaming Commission shuffles the deck

Chairman Peter Bernhard is resigning, Las Vegas physician Tony Alamo Jr. has been named the new chairman and former Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy has joined the board.  read more

MGM begins dismantling Harmon Hotel

The company has begun demolishing the only portion of the $8.5 billion, 67-acre CityCenter development that was never completed.  read more

MGM, Prince George's County sign agreement

The agreement signed last week ensures 50 percent of the jobs slated for the $925 million MGM National Harbor in Maryland will go to local residents.  read more

SLS preparing countdown to Aug. 23 grand opening

The property will include an 80,000 square-foot casino, nearly a dozen restaurants and nightclubs, meeting space and retail shopping.  read more



Mattingly: Shuffle up and deal PokerStars in

888 CEO Brian Mattingly said that rival PokerStars should be allowed to operate in the U.S. now that the company is owned by Amaya Gaming.  read more

Mizrachi wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice event

Robert Mizrachi won his second World Series of Poker bracelet and $147,092 in the first-ever $1,500 Dealer's Choice event Saturday night.  read more

German pro Danzer wins second bracelet at 2014 WSOP

George Danzer became the first two-time bracelet winner at this year's World Series of Poker after winning the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 or Better event.  read more

Joe Cada wins second WSOP bracelet

The 2009 Main Event champion survived a loaded final table to win $670,000 in the $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em tournament.  read more

41 players now confirmed for BIG ONE for ONE DROP

Tournament organizers are optimistic that the $1 million buy-in event will sell its remaining 15 seats.  read more



The Reel Life: A degree worth waiting for

Last month in Virginia, Lela Burden celebrated her 111th birthday. This week, she finally graduated from high school.  read more

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Did You Know?
With just $10.4 million in May, New Jersey's online casino revenue has now dropped for two straight months.
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